Tuesday, May 30, 2006

My transformation is complete. Today, when I saw on CNN that Hank Paulson would be the new Treasury Secretary, I immediately said to myself, “Self, isn’t Hank Paulson the CEO of Goldman Sachs?” Now for most of you finance nerds, that’s not impressive. But I’m not a finance nerd. Two years ago I didn’t even know what an investment banker did let alone know who Hank Paulson is. So color me impressed with myself.

My life of leisure is FABULOUS. I’ve been surprisingly busy since graduation. I’ve been hanging out with classmates. Everyday someone sets off to start their world travels, so the Class of ‘06’s presence in Philly is quickly dwindling. Everyday I say goodbye to someone.

This Friday, I’ll stop by Wharton’s Spring Welcome to welcome the R3 admits. It’ll be interesting to meet people who are excited about Wharton. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Wharton. The last 6 months, in particular, have been pretty damn awesome. But there’s something about the incoming class that takes it to a whole nuther level. I went to a party last week and there were a bunch of new Lauder students there. The conversations I had with the new students were very different than those with my classmates. It’s not that we’re jaded – it’s just that after 2 years of superficial conversations about where people worked, want to work, will be working (bla bla), the conversations seem more genuine now. Not that we’re talking about anything particularly deep. Usually it’s nonsense. But it’s just more relaxed. The incoming class is still excited, and in getting-to-know-you mode. I’m in lazy-ass-who-gets-up-at-11-am mode. So I need to prepare myself for rapid fire conversations about Wharton, where I live in, what’d I do before, what I’m doing after (bla bla) so that the admits don’t think Wharton Grads are lazy asses (although I must say life as a lazy ass is pretty sweet).

Sunday, May 14, 2006

It's official. I'm done. The ink on my diploma is real. I'm not giving it back. I'm officially done with Wharton.

Today was an excellent day. All weekend, the sky threatened to downpour during the ceremony. All the weather people predicted rain. But just as the ceremony started, the clouds parted, and the sun appeared. It was pretty beautiful.

I've been keeping a bit of a secret. I was chosen as the student speaker for graduation. So the coolest part of the day was standing in front of all those people and delivering my speech. I was definitely nervous and a little scared. But I also felt really comfortable up there. It was truly one of the high points of my Wharton experience. I'm really glad I tried out and I'm really honored to have been selected. I hope I did my classmates proud.

I was talking to some of my classmates, and we all agree. Graduation feels kind of anti-climatic. You go through this intense experience and then it's just over. I'm proud to be done. But I will miss it. I will definitely miss it.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

I just got back from Beach week tonight. Now that was some good times. Beach Week is kind of like a senior class trip. About 500 of the class of 2006 and a few partners headed down to South Beach in Miami Beach. And it was like a week long party. Miami is VERY different than Philly. In Philly clubs shut DOWN at 2 am. Can be kind of annoying. In Miami, some of our parties roared until 6am. You know, when the sun comes up? It was pretty wild. But what happens in South Beach REALLY needs to stay in South Beach.

Grades are all in, and it's official. I'm done!! I just need to get my diploma on Sunday, and I'll no longer be FutureMBAGirl. The journey is pretty much over. It feels weird.

I've given a lot of thought about whether or not I'll keep blogging. The blog was supposed to be about my Wharton experience. It seems like I should end the blog since the experience is over. I don't know how I feel about that. But it something I'll think a lot about in the upcoming weeks.

But before that, I have to get through graduation. The family is coming and staying in my apartment, so I'll be cleaning all day. It's amazing how cluttered my apartment is. Hopefully I'll get it into a presentable state. I'm a little stressed. Grinding my teeth stressed. The only time I've ever caused my teeth to ache from grinding my teeth was before I took the GMAT, and this fall when I was trying to get a job. So I'm carrying around a lot of stress. I think I know why. But I can't say why yet. More on that later!

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